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The 2018 EJ Craigie Award winner

September 5, 2018 - 13:00 -- Admin

Last night Warwick Smith, Senior economist at Per Capita was awarded the EJ Craigie Writing Award for his piece The big spending Victorian state budget is built on Australia’s worst tax. Warwick quickly laid out the damaging effects of stamp duties and then moved on to show another innovative ACT policy move, with the transition […]

Housing: Unspoken Alternatives

September 4, 2018 - 19:01 -- Admin

How to deliver affordable housing without inflating landlord profits by Dr Cameron Murray Most housing subsidies end up increasing landlord and developer profits rather than reducing housing costs for residents. Public land rent schemes that provide discounted land access to owners, and private Community Land Trusts, are proven ways to ensure that subsidies reduce costs […]

Andrews Government sells Land Titles Office for a $32m p.a. loss

August 30, 2018 - 13:23 -- Admin

The Andrews government have privatised the Land Titles Registry this week on a 40 year lease for sum of $2.86bn. The Government claim that this exercise is to “fund new schools, hospital and transport infrastructure.” Let us be clear, this sale does not fund a thing. State government assets are not magic money trees that […]

Can Landlords Protest?

August 27, 2018 - 16:38 -- Admin

Our latest enews. Enjoy. Change to tenancy laws. Can landlords protest? Guys, I have the BEST landlady. She lets me keep a cat; approves all maintenance requests in a jiffy; turns a blind eye to my unsanctioned use of 3M hooks… My real estate agent says she is the best landlord on his books. Amendments […]

Challenging the Build-to-Rent momentum

August 27, 2018 - 16:05 -- Admin

Edition 1124 of Progress Magazine is out with an investigation into the looming corporate influence over the rental market. The evidence coming in from the northern hemisphere is not pretty. Here is the editorial. Editorial We are pleased to announce that Dr Cameron Murray will be presenting our 127th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner: Housing […]

Our 127th Annual Dinner

July 31, 2018 - 11:14 -- Admin

Everyone needs somewhere to live. It is a simple fact. Australia’s economy keeps growing every year. As a nation, we are richer than any other time in our history. We also have the most expensive housing in the world. We step over rough sleepers on our commute. We talk about property investment over dinner. We […]

Transcript – Inquiry into the Long-Term Lease of the Land Titles Registry

July 26, 2018 - 11:47 -- Admin

5 July 2018 TRANSCRIPT: STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING Inquiry into the proposed long-term lease of land titles and registry functions of Land Use Victoria Members Mr David Davis — Chair Dr Samantha Ratnam Witnesses Mr Karl Fitzgerald (affirmed), Project Director, and Mr Jesse Hermans (affirmed) Administrative Assistant and Researcher, Prosper Australia. The […]